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[ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> announcer: from 30 rockefeller plaza in new york, it's "late night with seth meyers." tonight -- will ferrell, from "orange is the new black", actress laverne cox, music from jeff tweedy, featuring the 8g band with daru jones. ♪ [ cheers and applause ] ladies and gentlemen, seth meyers. >> seth: good evening. i'm seth meyers. this is "late night." how's everybody doing tonight? [ cheers and applause ] so good to hear. in that case, let's get to the news. according to a new cbs poll, president trump's approval rating is just 36%. said trump, "out of how many? [ laughter ]
'cause if it's 38 or 39, that's very good." white house press secretary sean spicer, today, held his first press briefing in front of cameras in over a week. and it was immediately clear what he's been up to. [ laughter ] "batman and robin" came out 20 years ago today. but we always kind of suspected. [ laughter and applause ] happy for those two. they have a farm now. qatar airways, today, was aimed airline of the year at the paris air show. while united was named heavyweight champion by the wwe. [ laughter and applause ] congratulations, you guys. it was alleged yesterday that former national security adviser, michael flynn, failed to report a trip he took to
u.s.-russian business venture. damn, how many trips did michael flynn take? he's like the anthony bourdain of treason. [ laughter and applause ] today was national vanilla milkshake day, or as mike pence calls it -- spicy tuesday! [ laughter ] "woo hoo hoo hoo! taste that 'nilla." [ light laughter ] a pennsylvania man was recently awarded $870,000 after his doctor removed the wrong testicle. the man said it's the last time he ever goes to that dentist. [ laughter ] a staten island man is suing the city after he was injured last june by jumping out of an ambulance while drunk. or as it's commonly called, a
[ light laughter ] [ applause ] "this is my stop!" and finally, a clothing company has created a -- [ audience groans ] women's bathing suit with a photo of president trump on the front. said men, "whoa! check out the ass on her!" [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] ladies and gentlemen, we have a fantastic show for you tonight. he's starring in a hilarious new comedy with amy poehler, "the house." will ferrell is here tonight. [ cheers and applause ] she is a favorite of ours here on "late night." you know her from netflix, season five of "orange is the new black." laverne cox is back on the show tonight. [ cheers and applause ] and he is a true personal favorite of mine. i was so honored to have him here last night. so happy he's back again for a second night of music. jeff tweedy is here, everybody. [ cheers and applause ] so you're herean
there's something about our show which, despite doing it every night, we don't always have enough time to cover all of the recent news. so, here with a recap is one of our writers, amber ruffin, in a segment we call "amber says what?" ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> you guys, things have been crazy! okay, first of all, i heard that white house press secretary, sean spicer, answered questions in a press briefing where he didn't allow cameras or recording devices. and i was like, "what?" [ light laughter ] then i realized even when he answers questions on camera, i'm still like -- "what?" [ laughter and applause ] then i heard bill cosby's trial was over. and i was like, "what? [ laughter ] bill cosby's in jail." then my friend was like, "no, he is not." and i was like, "whaaat? [ light laughter ] did he pass?"
mistrial. and i bet when his accusers heard that, they were like, "what, what, what, what, what, what, what, what, what, what, what, what? [ cheers and applause ] what, what, what, what?" and then like 40 more times. yesterday was juneteenth, the holiday that celebrates the emancipation of slaves! but my white friends are not familiar with that holiday. so i was like, "hey, it's juneteenth." and they were like, "what is that? can i go?" [ light laughter ] and i said, "google it, and no." [ light laughter ] and everyone heard jared kushner's voice for the first time. and people were like -- "whaat?!" [ applause ] hilarious! he's going to the middle east for peace talks this week. and he's going to be like -- [ whispering ] "please, you guys, cut it out." [ laughter ] and the people are going to be like, "what are we talking to this fifth grader for?" [ laughter ]
then, people were mad because megyn kelly interviewed alex jones. and i was like, "who?" and people were like, "the info wars guy." and i was like, "no, who's megyn kelly?" [ laughter and applause ] just kidding! she's the lady who said santa is white and i will never forget her. because when she said that [ bleep ], i was like, "what?!" [ cheers and applause ] then, i heard she lost in the ratings. and i was like, "ho-ho-ho, merry what-mass." [ light laughter ] but most importantly, beyonce and jay-z had twins. and i was like, "what-what?" okay. [ cheers and applause ] yeah! here's how it happened. last week we all learned that jay-z was going to be the first-ever rapper inducted into the songwriter's hall of fame. and everybody was like, "what?" but on friday, at the induction he was a no-show.
"whaaat?" then beyonce's dad announced the arrival of the twins and everyone was like, "ahh!" then sources confirmed that it was a boy and a girl and i was like -- ♪ what what what what what what what what what ♪ [ cheers and applause ] this has been "amber says what." ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: give it up for amber, everybody. we'll be right back with more "late night" after this. [ cheers and applause ] ♪
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: welcome back, everybody. so, in case you don't know, tonight there's a special election in georgia's sixth congressional district to replace the seat formerly held by now health and human services secretary tom price. the seat has been held by republicans since 1979, but it appears democratic candidate jon ossoff has a chance to win the district. here to talk about tonight's election is democratic strategist ben holland. >> thank you for having me, seth. >> seth: okay, now ben, real fast before we get to it -- >> oh, yeah, what's up, seth? >> seth: so we tape at 6:30, we don't know the results of the election. so we're going to have you first answer questions as if jon ossoff wins -- >> okay. >> seth: and then we'll have you answer them as if he loses. [ light laughter ] that sound good? >> yeah, that's totally cool. >> seth: okay, so just -- >> great. >> seth: the first one will be if jon ossoff wins tonight's election.
>> seth: okay. so ben, congratulations on flipping a typically red district blue, this must be a huge victory for the democratic party. >> seth, it is not an overstatement to say that the political world was turned on its head tonight. we always thought the election was the epicenter of the current political moment and we knew we would win it. anything short of victory would have been a disappointment. [ light laughter ] >> seth: okay, great. same question, now if he loses? >> seth, we always knew this was going to be a long-shot. [ laughter ] the fact that jon ossoff was even competitive is a major win for the democratic party. [ light laughter ] i think the media and pundits placed way more attention on this election than those of us here on the ground. >> seth: okay, great, so back to if he wins, now does this victory send a message for washington? >> absolutely, seth. this election was always going to be a referendum on the disastrous presidency of one donald j. trump, plain and simple. [ cheers ] >> seth: great. and if he loses? >> seth, this election was always about the local issues -- [ laughter ]
and the people of georgia. to extrapolate some sort of broader, national message would simply be foolish. [ light laughter ] >> seth: huh. let me try something. what would you say if it was sunny today in new york city? >> i'd say it was a definitive win for the people of new york city, seth. they sent a clear message to the sky that they wanted a bright and sunny day and they got a bright and sunny day. [ light laughter ] if anything, today was a big loss for clouds. >> seth: yeah, yeah, yeah. [ light laughter ] and what if it rains? >> seth, the people of new york never wanted a sunny day. [ light laughter ] this was always less about weather and more about the resiliency of the citizens of new york city. if anything, i'd say this was a big loss for clouds, because while rain came down, new yorkers rose up. [ laughter and applause ] >> seth: next question, what if you asked your girlfriend to marry you and she said yes? >> seth, i'd say that's a big win. [ light laughter ]
love. we knew we were destined to be together. >> seth: and if she says no? >> seth, we always knew ending up together was a long shot. [ light laughter ] so i wish holly the best in her future endeavors. and i'll actually take this as a learning opportunity for my next relationship. [ light laughter ] >> seth: and what would you say if she ended up with your best friend, kevin? >> i'd be happy for them. [ light laughter ] i would certainly have some curiosity about when that relationship began, but i don't think i or anyone else can deny that holly and kevin have far better chemistry than she and i ever had. >> seth: wow! [ light laughter ] you are so good at spinning. >> thank you, seth. >> seth: all right, back to the election. if you guys win, what will you do moving forward? >> we will frame the messages of this election in a mass email to the raise money for the democratic party. >> seth: and if you lose? >> we will frame the messages of this election in a mass email to raise money for the democratic party. >> seth: and hey, quick question, is there a way to
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: welcome back, everybody. give it up for the 8g band right over there. [ cheers and applause ] back with us tonight, he's the drummer for jack white and dmd the band. be sure to check out his collaboration with x borahm lee, "16 bars of freedom" available via rusic records on all digital platforms. daru jones is here, everybody. [ cheers and applause ] thank you for being here, daru. you know our first guest tonight from his work in films such as "anchorman", "talladega nights", and "step brothers." he stars alongside amy poehler in "the house," which is in
let's take a look. >> bob took away our scholarship, which we were kind of counting on. >> but then we remembered that we have a college fund with our dear financial adviser, dawn. >> you don't have enough money. >> okay, right here. it says right here in this account we have $401,000. >> jackpot. >> you missed it. >> nope. that says you have a 401(k) account. [ laughter ] if you liquidate that right now, you'll have, you know, maybe $5,000. >> so what happened to the other $396,000? >> seth: please welcome back to the show, one of the best, will ferrell, everybody! [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> seth: how are you? >> i'm great. it's so ni
>> seth: we're so happy to have you back. >> amazing crowd. [ cheers ] >> seth: it's a really good crowd tonight. >> wow. >> seth: so -- >> and you told me tuesdays were terrible. >> seth: i did. [ light laughter ] >> and they're fantastic, yeah. >> seth: i regret it now. [ cheers and applause ] >> they're fantastic. >> seth: it's a real -- it's a real dip. >> you just never know. it's a real -- yeah. >> seth: monday and wednesday are the peaks and then it's usually -- >> and then tuesday, yeah, right, yeah, okay. >> seth: well this -- so you, you and amy poehler, who i know to be very intelligent people -- you play -- >> right. >> seth: you play real dummies in this movie. >> we play real dumb parents. >> seth: yeah. >> who lose all the funding for their daughter's college education. completely panic and decide, along with their -- the help of their friend, frank -- >> seth: right, played by jason mantzoukas. >> played by jason mantzoukas. to convert his house into an illegal casino to raise money for our daughter to go to college. [ light laughter ] >> seth: gotcha. >> and uh -- >> seth: and they you guys sort of -- >> it's a common story. [ light laughter ] >> seth: it's a common -- >> it's a common story. >> seth: it's a common
>> it's common american fable that we've all grown to love -- >> seth: right. >> we just have a little twist on it. >> seth: yeah. >> yeah, yeah. >> seth: i think of one of aesop's fables as a fake casino. >> what if aesop had the fake casino, just outside of bethlehem. [ light laughter ] >> seth: so you -- and you guys then take on alter-egos. you kind of get -- >> we do. >> seth: you like -- you like running the casino. >> yeah, it becomes an idea that we're hesitant to do. but then lo and behold it becomes an outlet for the whole town to kind of let their hair down. >> seth: yeah. >> and it's working. and then we start, kind of, you know, becoming our own mob bosses and our -- our -- we start having fun as a couple again. and we turn into our alter-egos. i turn into "the butcher." [ light laughter ] >> seth: okay. >> based loosely off of deniro in "casino." [ light laughter ] and amy turns into her alter-ego, "the burner", because she smokes a lot of weed now. >> seth: yeah. [ laughter ] >> yeah. >> seth: now, i have a picture of the butcher and the burner and -- is it true? so there's your look there. >> there i am.
>> it's very deniro. the big golden silk tie, the slicked back hair -- >> seth: and is it true that our friend amy poehler actually thought this was a good look? >> here's what was so funny, amy kept saying to me, "you look good." [ light laughter ] and i'm like, "oh, that's really funny." and she was like, "no, you need to procure this look for your day-to-day life. i am very attracted to you." [ light laughter ] "you look taller," so -- >> seth: and now is it safe to say you have never at any point in your life gone with the slicked back look? as on a day-to-day thing? >> i have -- i have not gone with the slicked back look. i mean, the couple times i've been jailed -- >> seth: right, sure. [ light laughter ] >> and i'll slick it back for that weird mugshot photo. >> seth: yeah. [ light laughter ] part of your upbringing was in casinos and around gambling, because your father was a musician. >> yes. >> seth: and so you spent a lot of time in vegas? >> well, yeah, my dad would play in vegas from time to time. and my brother and i would get to fly out and -- and spend like a week with him. like spring vacation. >> seth: and how -- what -- how old are you out there? >> spring break in vegas. i'm -- i'm -- i'm like 11 and my he
[ light laughter ] >> and so -- >> seth: and this is a less kid-friendly vegas than it is today. >> yeah, this is pre -- you know, where now it's more of a family place, this is like with old hotels, like the riviera. >> seth: yeah. >> and -- and it still had the glitz, you know, it still was like -- the las vegas strip was incredible to us and we thought it was so cool. and the dunes and the, you know, desert inn and all these old places. but of course my dad would play late and sleep in and -- right musicians? you like to sleep in, right? [ scattered applause ] you're not up before 4:00 -- 4:00 p.m. i don't even know what you're doing up now, right? >> seth: yeah. [ light laughter ] >> but we're kids, we're up at 7:00 a.m. trying to wake up my dad and he's like, "just wander around the casino." [ light laughter ] so, we would -- we would walk around and then we would find ourselves on the las vegas strip. and we discovered that at 8:00 in the morning, there were all these beautiful, fancy ladies. [ laughter ] in very high heels -- >> seth: sure. >> and beautiful fishnet
[ laughter ] and little short skirts. lots of make-up and, like, orange wigs. [ light laughter ] yeah, we would -- we were like, "there's a lot of pretty ladies out there, dad." and you're like, "okay, maybe just stay in the hotel room with me." [ light laughter ] but yeah, had no idea that we were just walking around with prostitutes. >> seth: yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. >> yeah. >> seth: well, it's a good education. it's a good thing to knock out early in your youth. yeah. >> it was great, right. and i -- as kind of a father-son tradition, i now let my children walk the vegas strip. [ laughter and applause ] >> seth: you call it the march of the prostitutes -- >> march of the prostitutes and they give each prostitute a silver dollar. [ light laughter ] >> seth: you give them a sack of silver dollars -- >> a sack of silver dollars -- >> seth: and now is there ever -- i would imagine there could be an awkwardness of accidentally giving the silver dollar to a woman who is not a prostitute. does that ever happen and then -- because that would have to be awkward. >> well, i'm with them. >> seth: well, okay, yeah, good. >> yeah, yeah. so i can go, "no, no, no, that's -- that's a -- that's not a lady of the night. that's just a -- that's just someone here enjoying las vegas." >> seth: yeah, yeah. >> not that they aren't, either. >> seth: right. [ light laughter ] >> it doesn't matter.
>> yeah, yeah. >> seth: i -- so i heard -- i had -- i think i had heard this sort of second hand through people that we knew together, but recently in an interview, the original idea for "anchorman" came up -- somebody was talking about it. >> right. yeah. >> seth: so, "anchorman", this beloved film that is now -- >> so "anchorman" is a movie that i did. [ cheers and applause ] where -- yeah, the -- the "anchorman" that everyone knows and just these people love -- [ light laughter ] takes places in a newsroom. >> seth: yeah. >> it's a fairly conventional story. >> seth: right. what -- and it's funny, because it's what you would think it had always been. >> no. >> seth: it doesn't look like a second idea. >> no, the first version was -- adam mckay and i going crazy. >> seth: okay. >> the first version really is more like the movie "alive." [ light laughter ] that it was the story -- it took place in 1976, the year of our bicentennial. they're having a -- a convention
>> seth: uh-huh. >> so we were flying on a chartered plane -- ron burgundy of course convinces the pilot that he can fly too. [ laughter ] and immediately crash lands the plane into the side of a mountain. part of the accident happened because he clipped another plane, which also crash landed. and the rest of the movie is them just surviving and trying to get down off the side of a mountain. >> seth: right. [ light laughter ] >> while being hunted by -- >> seth: because what was on the other plane? >> orangutans -- because the cargo on the other plane was just orangutans and boxes of chinese throwing stars. [ laughter and applause ] so, all throughout the movie, we're trying to figure out how to get off the mountain. [ light laughter ] and veronica corningstone is like, "if we just go down, we can get off the mountain." we were like, "you're just a woman.
know? you know? [ light laughter ] but meanwhile, guys -- other people are dropping -- dying from their wounds of chinese throwing stars and we can't figure out that the baboons are hunting us. or orangutans. [ laughter ] maybe it was both? baboons and orangutans. >> seth: yeah, right. >> and uh -- yeah, so that movie wasn't made. >> seth: right. [ light laughter ] >> that movie wasn't made -- >> seth: yeah. >> and then we thought, well let's go back to the drawing -- maybe let's just make it more about the newsroom -- >> seth: sure. >> and the politics -- >> seth: it seems like now that's a movie that people would really like to see. >> that could be the third one. >> seth: yeah. >> yeah, yeah. [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: i don't think -- i don't think even knowing the plot -- i feel like it's an un-spoilable movie -- >> oh, now that we've blasted it out there? >> seth: i think people don't care. >> yeah. >> seth: i think that it's -- so it would be in the execution of it. >> yeah, i think you're right. i think we -- >> seth: i wanted to mention real quick, 'cause amy poehler is in this film -- >> i know. >> seth: so many funny people in this film. >> our beloved amy poehler. >> seth: jason mantzoukas, huebel, kroll, really funny people.
[ scattered cheers ] >> she was going to, yes. >> seth: and is -- is she in the film? >> she did not make the final cut. >> seth: okay, got you. [ laughter ] but she did show up? >> uh -- she -- she eventually did show up. >> seth: okay. >> yeah. >> seth: so how many days did you -- >> she's been on this show, right? >> seth: she was on this show, yeah. and we did not -- i did not interview her on the couch. >> i heard she was in a -- >> seth: she was in a sleigh. >> a christmas sleigh. >> seth: yeah. >> yes. >> seth: we interviewed her in a christmas sleigh. >> yeah. >> seth: did you have similar things that she preferred to normal? [ laughter and applause ] >> there were suggestions. >> seth: yeah. >> that weren't executed. >> seth: okay, gotcha. >> yes. so, no, she was on our set and -- yeah, things happened. [ laughter and applause ] >> seth: i think that -- >> yeah. >> seth: that i just want to leave to the mind's eye. >> things -- things happened. >> seth: yeah. >> and didn't happen. >> seth: okay. >> let's just put it this way -- at about midnight i got a knock on my trailer and said, "you can just go home." [ light laughter ]
"we're not going to get to you." "but are we still filming?" "we're still filming." [ light laughter ] >> seth: and then all for naught. >> and all for naught. >> seth: yeah. >> yeah. >> seth: well, welcome to hollywood. it's a -- it's a dirty business. >> if dvds existed -- it would be some fun dvd extras. >> seth: yeah. >> yeah. >> seth: we'll have to find a -- we'll have to find a new medium for dvd extras, because i would like to see that. >> right, right, right. yeah, yeah. >> seth: you're going to stick around, though, right? >> i'm -- i don't have anywhere to go. >> seth: okay, great. we'll be right back with more from will ferrell. [ cheers and applause ] ♪
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: welcome back. so, will, it's great that you're here and back at 30 rock. >> thank you, seth. >> seth: and along with being a very talented actor, we have known each other for nearly two decades. >> we have. >> seth: and sometimes when you know somebody for that long, there are moments when feelings get hurt. >> that's true. and you don't always have a chance to stop and say you're sorry. >> seth: so i thought with the time we have together right now, we would make amends for any past indiscretions we've committed against each other in a segment we're calling -- >> both: "seth and will clear the air." [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> seth: i will start. will? >> yes, seth? [ laughter ] >> seth: i am sorry that i forgot to text you on your birthday this year. things have just been really busy with the baby and it ip
>> it was my birthday. [ laughter ] >> seth: i understand. >> and it was a big one. i turned 29. [ laughter and applause ] >> seth: i'm very sorry. do you forgive me? >> okay. yeah, sure, okay. yeah, yeah, seth meyers, you are forgiven. [ cheers and applause ] my turn. seth? >> seth: yes, will? >> i am sorry for that time during your first year at "snl" when i let a venomous rattlesnake loose in your office. [ laughter ] i thought it would be a funny prank. and it was. [ laughter ] it was really funny. but it was also cruel, and incredibly dangerous. but so, so funny. [ laughter ] do you forgive me? >> seth: do you still think it was funny? >> yes, i do. [ light laughter ]
go to the emergency room. >> ha, emergency room. [ laughter ] classic. your face was like -- [ laughter ] do you forgive me? >> seth: will ferrell, you are forgiven. [ cheers and applause ] my turn. will? >> yes, seth? >> seth: i am sorry for canceling our dinner plans after the show. i forgot my parents were in town this week. do you forgive me? >> you're canceling dinner? [ laughter ] >> seth: yeah, we actually talked about it before the show. >> i thought that was just backstage b.s. [ light laughter ] >> seth: it wasn't backstage b.s. >> it was real b.s? [ light laughter ] >> seth: yes. >> that's bull [ bleep ]! okay? what am i supposed to do now? go to a dumpster and scrounge around for food like some stupid raccoon? [ laughter ] >> seth: no, you could just go to dinner by yourself. >> fine, but you're pa
>> seth: okay, how much do you need? >> well, i'm going to go to bubba gump shrimp. so -- [ laughter ] i'm gonna be housing down a blue cheese bubba burger with a side of run, forrest, run fries. and you know, i got to wash it down with a couple lieutenant dan-aritas. and for dessert i'm gonna get a box of chocolates. you know why, seth? [ laughter ] >> seth: because you never know what you're going to get. yeah. >> 'cause you never know what you're going to get. [ laughter and applause ] so i'm going to need about $500. [ light laughter ] >> seth: i don't have $500 on me. >> then give me your credit card. [ light laughter ] >> seth: fine. >> i'm going want miles, too. >> seth: okay. do you forgive me? >> seth meyers, you are forgiven. [ applause ] my turn. seth? >> seth: yes, will? >> i am sorry for starting the it
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our next guest is an emmy-nominated actress who is currently starring in the fifth season of "orange is the new black", now streaming on netflix. let's take a look. >> change his iv bag, i'll hook up his catheter. >> you get all the fun stuff. >> make sure you squeeze out the bubbles. >> i know. it's not my first rodeo. >> are we in limbo? >> sure as [ bleep ] we in limbo. >> seth: please welcome back to the show, our friend laverne cox, everybody! [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> seth: hi, laverne! >> seth. [ cheers and applause ] oh, seth. >> seth: you know, i am now -- i'm always so happy to see you. but i was worried that i was not going to see you tonight, because had you an ordeal making your way to new york city. >> i had a very intense ordeal getting here.
so i was in los angeles yesterday working. and i had a 9:30 flight and got to the airport and found out that that was canceled and that every flight was canceled back to new york. i was taking a red eye, and that means you sleep on the plane. and so every flight was cancelled, except the 10:30, which was now leaving at 12:30 and it was full and they could book me on stand-by. which means, obviously, maybe i'm not going to get on the flight. >> seth: sure. >> probably wouldn't, because all the flights were canceled and everybody needed to get out. >> seth: yeah. >> and i was like, "well, what's the earliest flight i can get tomorrow?" and they said, "there are no flights tomorrow." so there were no flights from l.a. to new york today. and they were like, "the soonest flight we can get you on is wednesday at 2:30 p.m." and i'm like, "um, that's not going to work." so i like -- i messaged my manager and he calls my agent and like they find a flight to philadelphia. so we flew to philadelphia and we got a car and drove to new york. >> seth: that is -- bravo. [ cheers and applause ] >> all for you, seth. >> seth: thank you, laverne. >> and all for you! [ cheers and applause ]
>> seth: and -- well i'm glad you're here, because we can talk about a fantastic fifth season of "orange is the new black." [ cheers ] this season takes place -- it's very different, the narrative structure is different. it takes place over a very short period of time. >> yes. >> seth: and it's very intense. but season four was also, had a different kind of intensity to it, which is this is sort of -- it's a prison riot, everybody was running around. you were in solitary confinement for season four. what was that like as an actor? i know other people were around, but you have to get into a place of feeling like your character is alone. was that challenging? >> it was. and i did a tremendous amount of research. because when i got the story line, i was well aware that lots of people who are serving time in prison who were spending time in solitary, particularly transgender women, were often serving their time in men's prisons. so i was really interested in the psychological and emotional effects of being cut off from human contact. we as human beings crave human contact more than anything else. and so, the paranoia, the depression, the hallucinations. over 50% of people who are in solitary are suicidal. so i was really interested in having all of those things play underneath the text.
and i hope it went well. it was -- it was -- it's weird to say i had a good time, because i would leave feeling kind of depressed and suicidal, and i would have to call -- >> seth: yes. so that's the opposite of a good time. >> professionals. [ laughter ] i have to make sure that, like, i left work at work. >> seth: yeah, yeah, yeah. >> you know, sometimes as an actor you can't leave the job at the job. it's a thing. >> seth: it was a fantastic performance. i know you've been nominated for this role before for an emmy. i think you deserved it this year as well. [ cheers and applause ] i want to ask -- you know, you play a character who has obviously a transition story. different from yours as a performer. which i think is nice as well, to remind us all that there are different stories of how -- >> absolutely. >> seth: people who make that transition. you -- there was a moment where you talked about your time when you used to be a fireman and then your character self-corrected. >> the character says that. i was never a firefighter. >> seth: right, right. [ laughter ] >> laverne, girl. >> seth: that's right, the
character. >> could you imagine? like -- [ laughter ] but on tv, i can act it. >> seth: yeah, there you go. >> i can act like i do. >> seth: yeah, yeah. so you -- so you never considered transitioning into firefighting? >> no, girl. >> seth: yeah, there you go. >> no. and i call everybody girl. it's like the new "dude." so when everybody says, "hey, dude," i'm like, "hey, girl." right? >> seth: there you go. it's time somebody counteracts that. i like that. >> absolutely. hey, girl. [ light laughter ] >> seth: so that -- so again, so your character on the show still has this, you know, obviously identifies with his past as a man. but that -- it was not something you feel -- >> well lots of transgender people who before they transition to try to not be trans, overcompensate by going into very masculine professions, like firefighting or the military or various kinds of sports. there's a lot of trans women who have that story. that was never my story. i was never -- i could never sort of be butch and blend in to that. i could never basically pass as butch. this is like, you know this was meant to be. [ laughter ] >> seth: you are, i saw recently on social media, you went to london. >> yes. first time. >> seth: you had never been to london. >> i had never been to london. >> seth: and you went around and you did
>> so first of all, i was -- this is my birthday. so my birthday happened to fall on bank holiday. which is like, you know, sort of the national holiday in london. my big ol' hands in the thing. and it was memorial day here. so two different countries were celebrating my birthday with me. which was great. >> seth: oh, that's fantastic. [ light laughter ] >> and so this is me at buckingham palace, being just a big old tourist. and this is big ben. >> seth: there you go. and now one of the things i also heard is you enjoy being london because, is it true that you're a huge james bond fan? >> i am a huge james bond fan. so when we were driving around i totally felt like i was in a james bond film. and like maybe i was may day from "a view to a kill" or halle berry's character. like i've always sort of imagined that i could be a bond girl. you could see that, right? >> seth: yeah! [ cheers and applause ] >> so i was living out my bond girl fantasy. what's your favorite bond film? >> seth: what's my favorite bond film? they do -- i will admit, they do kind of blend together for me. i will say the first one i ever saw was "octopussy." >> one of my favorites. >> seth: yeah, but as a child i just remember thinking, we're not supposed to be at a movie that has this title.
>> i think that's why it's so good. >> seth: but it was funny, 'cause i know -- everybody's sort of -- i think there's more people who think that connery is the classic bond. but -- and it was very sad when roger moore passed away. because he was my first bond and i really thought he was a lot of fun. >> he was my first bond as well. and what i love about "octopussy" and "the man with the golden gun" is that they're so campy and -- >> seth: they're so silly. >> and roger more was so, sort of cheeky and it -- we will -- we will miss you, roger moore. and i love james bond. but daniel craig is very easy on the eye. >> seth: he's very easy on the eye. [ laughter ] thank you so much for being here. and thank you so much for making the extra effort. [ cheers and applause ] laverne cox, everybody. fifth season of "orange is the new black," streaming on netflix. we'll be right back with music from jeff tweedy. [ cheers and applause ] ♪
the new album, "together at last," is out on friday. head over to wilcoworld.net for tour dates. my thanks to will ferrell, laverne cox, jeff tweedy, everybody. daru jones, the 8g band. stay tuned for carson daly. we'll see you tomorrow. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ ♪ >> carson: what's up, gang? you know the drill. carson daly, it's "the last call." this is the time new york hotel. let's do this. we've got tonight in our ot